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Posted: Sep 24, 2020

Florida firefighter says being rock 'n' roll drummer by night helps relieve stress

VIDEO: By day he is a firefighter/paramedic for the city of Tampa, and by night he is a rock 'n' roll drummer for the local band Jack Jagger. Nick Cedela quickly and quietly packs up the hook and ladder in preparation, the fire alarm could go off any second inside Tampa Fire Rescue Station 19. He’s part of the Marine Division.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFTS-TV ABC 28 Tampa
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Posted: Sep 24, 2020

Google Maps Will Now Display Coronavirus Outbreaks And Cases

Google Maps will now highlight coronavirus case counts around the world and how bad outbreaks are in each region, Google announced Wednesday, with a new layer dedicated to information about the pandemic. The new feature will display the seven-day average for COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people for the map area that a viewer is looking at, as well as whether cases are trending upward or downward.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Forbes
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Posted: Sep 24, 2020

How Spokane’s ‘Buffalo Soldiers’ saved Idaho town from historic 1910 blaze

Wildfires are nothing new in the Northwest, and the “Big Burn of 1910” in Idaho and Montana is still remembered as one of the worst disasters in the region’s history. What’s not remembered so much is that one group sent to battle the blaze was a company from the 25th Infantry, a regiment of Black soldiers, most of whom were from the American South, but who were stationed at Fort George Wright in Spokane.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: My Northwest
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Posted: Sep 24, 2020

Firefighter honors fallen firefighters throughout Southern Illinois

Brent Vanfossan has been a firefighter in Christopher, Illinois for over 20 years. And he has wanted to buy his own firetruck for quite some time. "This engine belonged to the Sesser fire protection district. They had it for sale for a while. And I had been looking for something to honor my son Kody," said Vanfossan.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSIL-TV ABC 3 Carbondale
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Posted: Sep 23, 2020

Pennsylvania county 911 to reduce nonemergency services to first responders

Ongoing staffing shortages at the York County 911 Center have caused the center's director to reduce the frequency and kinds of nonemergency services that dispatchers have been providing to police, fire and EMS agencies. The York Dispatch has obtained a copy of a two-page letter dated Sept. 18 that was sent to all York County police chiefs, fire chiefs and EMS officials by 911 Director Matthew Hobson.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: York Dispatch
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